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Gotcha 8x8!

I finally solved a 8x8 puzzle!!! Woohooo!!!

I opened it at the NY Times Kenken page last night before I went to sleep and decided to really have a crack at it this morning.  About an hour's hard work finally paid off and, boy, ain't it sweet!

Here are some snapshots I took -- precautionary measures, in case I accidentally close the browser, hahaha...






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Oh! Kinabuhi
Victor Wood

Inig sidlak sa adlaw sa sayo sa kabuntagon
Masud-ong ta ang katahoman ning kalibutan
Gidayandayan sa nahigmata nga kalanggaman
Nga nanag-awit ning kabukiran

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Sa kasing-kasing nga way nagsapnay
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Oh kinabuhi sama ka sa usa ka gapnod
Nga gianod-anod sa bul-og ning mga luha
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Oh Life!
by Victor Wood
(translated by Allister Sanchez)

When the sun shines early in the morning
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Barachti lemakom acher kol kach maher hachi rachok sherak hitslachti veani bepariz
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